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The Missing Entrepreneurs

Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe

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Entrepreneurship development is an important requirement for achieving of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It is also a means to respond to new economic challenges, to create jobs and to fight social and financial exclusion. The impact of the global financial and economic crisis calls for giving entrepreneurship and self-employment a stronger role in economic and social development policies.

This book collects and synthesizes information and data on entrepreneurship activities in Europe, focusing on people that are at the greatest risk of social exclusion. These groups include young people, older people, women, ethnic minorities and migrants, people with disabilities and the unemployed.

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The meaning and importance of policies for inclusive entrepreneurship

The economic crisis has impacted greatly on labour markets in the European Union and many countries and regions are experiencing very high levels of unemployment and labour market exclusion. Certain social groups are experiencing particular problems – including women, youth, seniors, ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities – but at the same time have under-recognised potential for entrepreneurship. Policies for inclusive entrepreneurship aim to ensure that all members of society have an equal opportunity to start-up and operate in business and self-employment or to use the experience of engagement with entrepreneurship to increase their skills and employability.

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